Classes cancelled Thursday to focus on flood relief, cleanup

Regular classes at BBC&S have been cancelled for Thursday, September 15, enabling students, faculty, and staff to help with flood relief and cleanup in Wyoming County, PA.

The decision to move the annual Community Appreciation Day, a time of local service projects and no classes, from its original date of October 18 was not a difficult one.

"A neighbor shows compassion in times of need," said Vice President and Provost Dr. Jim Lytle. "We adjusted our schedule a little bit, a change that pales in comparison to what some in our surrounding community are living with. We hope to be some help in an area so terribly affected."

Area devastation from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee remains widespread. Nearly 5,400 businesses and homes sustained flood-related damage in Wyoming, Luzerne, and Susquehanna counties alone, officials said. The locations are immediately north and west of BBC&S' home Lackawanna County. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration, opening the way for wider federal assistance to the region.

Making a Difference
Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff will be involved in many different cleanup and relief efforts, serving mostly in groups of up to 40.

BBC&S is working with the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency in tackling several cleanup efforts. Volunteers will drive to a central location in the Tunkhannock area from campus, with some traveling on buses rented by BBC&S. From there, groups will assist with a range of projects as needed, including helping people move furniture, distributing donated goods, and cleaning mud and debris.

"We're grateful for the opportunity to help in Wyoming County," said Dean of Students Matt Pollock. "This area was particularly hard hit by the flooding of the Susquehanna River. It is on our doorstep and our students are looking forward to assisting."

Some photos from the day will be posted later at www.facebook.com/BaptistBible.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to learn and serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 9/13/2011 12:08:33 PM